A New Zealand man has been charged with manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison for the death of his 2-year-old daughter.
Philip Murray Kinraid, 29, was sentenced Feb. 22 for his responsibility in the death of his daughter Esme Kinraid. Kinraid put Esme to bed on the evening of June 26, 2015. Kinraid was about to leave for work, but Esme was restless and kicked off the blanket. Kinraid then held her face down on a pillow with his right arm, according to the New Zealand Herald.
When Kinraid returned from work, he noticed his daughter was unresponsive and called New Zealand's emergency response line. When emergency services arrived he told police "I may have committed manslaughter" and asked the police to shoot him, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Kinraid's former partner and their 5-year-old son no longer live with him. Esme's mother, Jacinta Kinraid, declined to comment when approached by the New Zealand Herald.
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Kinraid graduated from the University of Otago in 2010 and held a job as a chemical engineer. He was the primary breadwinner for the family, according to the New Zealand news source Stuff.
The death of Kinraid's daughter unsettled his family members and friends, who described him as a family man.
"He was gentle all his life," Kinraid's grandmother Doris told Stuff. "He had a good job, he had everything going for him," she said. Kinraid said what Philip did was out of character.
"It was such a shock to us. We couldn't understand it," she told Stuff.
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Stuff reports that an average of nine children is killed in New Zealand each year, often by primary caretakers or loved ones. Esme is the second in 2017.
Kinraid has begun serving his sentence of four years and three months Feb. 22.